Different ways to do theology and deal with challenges

One further thought on why you get differences and arguments between theologians that leave lots of on-lookers thinking things like Continue reading

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Boundaries, Inconsistencies and Theological Safe-guarding

If you’ve been reading some recent posts you’ll hopefully have picked up the following

1.       Human theological systems are imperfect – this means there is scope to challenge, reflect and speculate as we seek to improve our descriptions of God and his actions.

2.       We are all likely to make errors however, there are two protections in place against those errors leading to heresy. The first is an intentional thing -we seek to put boundaries around our thinking and discussions to ensure we don’t stray beyond them.

3.       We are also inconsistent. Meaning that we don’t pursue our errors to their logical conclusions Continue reading

How we talk about God

One of the reasons why there has been some debate between evangelical/reformed theologians about the Doctrine of God is to do with the language we use to talk about God.

We can end up with three types of language. Continue reading

What is the point of a theological argument? (Updated)

A week or so ago, I mentioned some of the challenges relating to theological debate, discussion and disagreement. One challenge I mentioned was this:

“We want to be careful to give matters their proper importance

There are two things to watch out for here. First of all, we need to carefully identify which issues are essential to Christian faith and which are not.  There are some matters that if we get them wrong, we undermine the Gospel. There are other areas that are still a matter of discussion and debate between Christians. Continue reading

The Father and the Son – navigating a minefield in the Eternal Subordination debate

Here are some of the specific challenges that those negotiating the debate about how The Son relates to the Father have to negotiate: Continue reading

The Father and the Son – what are some of the challenges

As a follow up to yesterday’s post on  “Does the Son submit to the Father?” I thought it might be worth highlighting some of the challenges, including minefields to navigate when conversations/questions like this come up. Continue reading